Saturday, 4 April 2015

It's My Anniversary!

Hello Friends,

Today marks 28 years married to my soul mate, my best friend, my split-apart, my beloved Terry. We were together for two years before we tied the knot and also dated for a month when we were teenagers, so we have known each other for most of our lives.

I broke up with Terry when we were teens. He was 17 and I was 15. He never forgot me and sent me a letter 12 years later, hoping against hope that there was still a chance of things working out with his First Love. Smart guy, huh?

I called him the very same day I received his letter. The poor guy nearly fell off his chair. We went out that same night and I fell in love with him on the dance floor.

Before he kissed me good night he said, "I don't know if I will ever get the chance to say this again, and I don't expect you to say anything back, but I love you. I've always loved you."

And you thought stuff like this only happened in movies? It doesn't get much more romantic than that.
So 12 years after Terry first fell in love with me, I was back in his life and thoroughly in love with him.

Here we are in 1985, a few months after our romantic reunion.

We were married on April 4, 1987 on a cold, wet and windy day.

Our four beautiful children were in the wedding party.

Terry has always been the more romantic of the two of us. I fall in the category of comic relief. Terry doesn't mind at all, saying that my sense of humour is one of the things he loves best about me. But in all seriousness, Terry's unconditional love of me has given my heart a place of shelter. It has given me good soil in which to grow as a person. Others had taught me to be ashamed of my sensitivity, but Terry cherished my tender nature, telling me that it was one of the loveliest things about me. He has encouraged my creativity, cheered me from the sidelines when it was my time to shine, and laughed at my jokes, no matter how corny. Best of all he has helped me to know the unconditional love of my Heavenly Father by showing me what pure love really looks like. I wish every person could know love like this in another human, as well as in God.

Here is the card I made for Terry for our anniversary. It reflects my goofy humour that Terry likes.
These Doodle Pantry sock monkeys were cute on their own, as well as with the DP hair bow and tie additions, but I wanted to dress them up a bit more. It wasn't hard to cut out a dress, vest and hat for them. I added a sticker embellishment to Miss Monkey's dress to fancy it up.
I die cut the leaves, flowers and flourishes from glitter papers. I shaped the leaves and flowers with a stylus. I had a metal rose in my stash that fell off of a hair clip a long time ago. At the time, I picked it up and said, "I can probably use that for something." That was about 5 years ago. :)

This is a peek-a-boo card. I found the tutorial on Split Coast Stampers. It was a little hard to follow, but I think it turned out okay. The peek-a-boo part is a message that slides into place when you open the card.

And because Terry is always getting after me for not signing my creations.... here is the back of the card.
Thank you so much for sharing this special day with me. I wish you hope. I wish you faith. But most of all, I wish you love.

Hugs & smiles,

Ants in my Pantry - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Creative Corner - animal fun
Dragon's Lair - add an animal
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
Polkadoodles - use a die
Simply Create Too - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes


KT Fit Kitty said...

Well now I have tears streaming down my face! What a wonderful love story! Congratulations to both of you! I enjoyed seeing the old photos! Your card is adorable and fun - it's a perfect card for your anniversary! Enjoy!

Lady Anne Milnes Howard said...

First of all Happy Anniversary to you both. It was lovely reading about your love story how special it was and is. I felt as I read the story of your relationship that it was a big part of your life, I should image you have changed since you met your Terry as he has helped you to grow to who you are today :) He has helped you blossom which I think is the best gift anyone can give to another person. May your love and happiness continue to grow and blossom. God Bless...
With love and hugs ~ Lady Anne xxx

Nancy MacDonald said...

this warms my heart , beautiful love story and I especially love the family photo with the children you guys

crafty said...

congrats on your anniversary and I love the cheeky monkeys on your card. Thank you for joining our challenge this week at Creative Corner. Mary DT

ursula Uphof said...

I just love your story Teresa. Wishing you and Terry a Happy Anniversary and may you be Blessed for many more happy years. Hugs. Ursula


Fabulous card and Happy Anniversary thank you for joinibg us on this week's challenge over at Crafty Catz
Dianne x

Angela Hoynes said...

I hope you had a lovely anniversary and wish you many more to come. It is a beautiful love story, thank you for telling us xx

Anjie said...

Happy Anniversary to you both.
Fab card. Thanks for joining us in our Use A Die challenge at Polkadoodles
Anjie (Senior DT)

Anonymous said...

Hello, A lovely project, I love the image and the colour choice. A lovely style. Thank you for joining us this fortnight. Simply Papercrafts Good luck. We would love to see you again for our next challenge.
Chrissy (Challenge Blog Owner)

NanaConnie said...

Fabulous story, Teresa, and marvelous card! Thanks so much for shaing both with us, including the photos over the years. Blessings to both of you and a very Happy Easter. :-D

Patricia St Martin said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!!!! Sounds like a fairytale to me but that is the beautiful thing this when people say fairy tales do not come true, you are living proof that they do. Love the pictures and the hair dos it sure dates us. Thanks for sharing. Love the card.
Hugs, Pat/♥

starcyl said...

This is great and perfect for our challenge over at Polkadoodles Use a die
Jenny x
Polkadoodles DT

Karon said...

Happy Anniversary to you both, I am sure he is shaking is head with laughter and the memorable photos of old LOL! This is such a lovely post and card and thanks for sharing it with us :-)

Bridget said...

You are so lucky to have a story like many dream of!

Your card is so super adorable!! My sister-in-law loves sock monkeys, so this will inspire me for their anniversary :)

Thanks so much for playing along at ~Jo's Scrap Shack~

Happy crafting,

Wies said...

Thanks for sharing your love story Happy Anniversary! Blessings to you both, that many happy years may follow.


Anonymous said...

Hello Teresa, What a lovely story. Thank you for sharing with everyone. Love your card, and those cute monkey's..

Chrissy xx

Wendy Russell said...

Such a fabulously fun card, it's great. Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Wendy (DT).xx

Natalie said...

cute card and such a great love story, Teresa! :)
Thanks for playing along in the Sister Act Card Challenge.

Joann6274 said...

Wow Teresa~ first off, Happy Anniversary to you and Terry! 28 years is a long time, lots of memories, lots of milestones, lots of LOVE! To read about your love story was an honor, so thank you for sharing that with us. Your love story is truly the real deal, the real "out of the movies" kind. You are both blessed to have that type of love and romance with one another. I wish you both another 28+ more of happy anniversaries to come! And now for your card, boy is this a cute one! I love sock monkeys too, they are adorable and your card definitely made me smile! Thanks for joining us this week in our Funday Friday challenge!
♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

Heather G said...

Love the card, but especially love the story of your life. How wonderful!! We celebrated 25 hrs in March so we have a few years to catch up. Thanks for joing us atDoodle Pantry this month...and may you have 28 more years!

Asha said...

A beautiful project, Teresa. Thanks for playing along with Polkadoodles Use A Die challenge.
hugs, Asha

Lou Sims said...

Beautiful card and your "love story" was fabulous to read. Many thanks for joining in with our dies themed challenge over at Polka Doodles Challenges. Lou x

Penny said...

Well, Happy Belated Anniversary! Hope it was wonderful! You are so lucky to have found your soul-mate. I know how that feels. :^)
Love the fun card you made for him--it is just too cute! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Dawn Frost said...

Happy belated anniversary, love your card! Thanks for joining us for AIMPDC#4 hope to see you again, Dawn Doodle Pantry DT

Sarah Cope said...

Beautiful story and great card, thank you for sharing with us at Dragons Lair Designs. Sarah DT